Published on January 14, 2016

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Photography by @framebridge

The gallery wall will always have a special place in our hearts, but it’s time to explore other alternatives when it comes to filling our precious wall space. Specifically, opting for oversized art. It’s one of our favorite design trends for 2016, for good reason. Read on for advice on how to get the look (even on a budget).

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Photography by amberinteriordesign.com

where to buy

Buying bigger usually means parting with more of your money—and artwork is no exception. Luckily, you can find lots of affordable art online. But if you’re thinking about responsibly investing in one or more larger pieces, there are two things to keep in mind. 

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If there is any chance you might downsize in the next few years, buying one or more moderate-sized prints instead of one super-sized prints is the right move. 

If you’re having a hard time investing a sizable chunk of change in one or two prints, think of it this way. Add up the money you would spend (or have spent in the past) on a handful of prints for a gallery wall. Simply spend that sum of money and you’ll start feeling less guilty. 

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Photography by @framebridge

where to frame

Surf the web (or your favorite shops) for frames before clicking “purchase” on your oversized art. If it’s not standard-sized, your custom framing might end up costing more than the art itself! If you have fallen head over heels in love with a print with irregular dimensions, check out Framebridge. The service sends beautiful, custom-sized frames right to your door.

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Photography by @tappancollective

how to pair

We love how two similar, oversized prints look hanging next to one another. There are a few different ways to achieve this look. 

You can buy two prints from the same collection or artist that have a similar color theme and style. This is an easy way to ensure the prints will go well together. Tappan Collective is a great online resource for finding artists with distinctive styles whose photography and prints would look great when purchased in pairs.

Another option is DIY-ing this look yourself, which feels scary, but is simple when armed with the right tools (and a fairly inexpensive print). Grab a straight edge, some sturdy scissors, and cut your super-sized print in two. Frame accordingly and enjoy your split-in-two project.

If you have a specific landscape, painting, dimensions, or number of panels in mind, commission your very own custom work(s) of art. It’s as easy as that!

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on a budget

If investing in one (or more!) large prints isn’t in your current budget, don’t fret. Here’s an easy DIY that replicates sizable artwork using your own photos, a printer, and some patience.